CJN Onneghen to Swearn in Election Petition Tribunal Members

… insists he will not resign


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Juatice Walter Onnoghen, will on Saturday January 26 swear in members of the various 2019 election petition tribunals.

The CJN who made this knwn today, Friday January 25, through his media assistant, Awassam Bassey, insisted that he has not resigned contrary to some media report.

Mr Onnoghen described as absolute falsehood, the media reports that he resigned his office, following current allegations against him.

In a statement by Mr Bassey the CJN urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour and added that he is still performing his role as CJN.

“There’s absolutely no truth in the rumours making the round that the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has resigned his office. It is fake news!

“The Hon CJN was in the office all through yesterday (Thursday) and sat in court. As part of his duties, the Hon CJN will be swearing in members of the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship & State Assembly Election Petition Tribunals tomorrow (Saturday 26th January 2019),” the statement said.

Mr Onnoghen is facing trial over alleged false asset declaration brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami has also requested that Mr Onnoghen resigns from office, following the various allegations.

The case, currently ongoing at the CCT was adjourned till January 28.

However, the Court of Appeal on Thursday January 24 ordered the tribunal to suspend sitting, pending the discharge of current applications before it.

The Court of Appeal set January 30, 2019 to give its verdict on the onnoghen’s appeals who wants his trial halted over lack of merit.

(Premium Times)

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